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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many times have Gillian and Sally seen each other in the past 18 years?

2. How old is Antonia when "Premonitions" begins?

3. Where were the people who died in a fire?

4. For what is the Owens family blamed?

5. What advice does Sally give Ben?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Kylie and Antonia each feel about Gillian, where is Gillian working and what happens at her work place?

2. What does Gillian tell Sally about her boyfriend, Jimmy?

3. Why does Irene want the aunts to undo what they did for her and what do they do to her when they tell her they can't?

4. What happens in school that makes the children believe Sally is a witch?

5. Who does Sally marry, what children does she have and what are those children like?

6. What is happening that has caused Gillian and Sally not to speak?

7. What do the children in the town mothers do?

8. How does Sally figure out that Kylie will never be normal?

9. What does Kylie see in the back yard and what ability does she have and what problems does her ability cause?

10. What does Sally do after her husband is killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Practical Magic".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Practical Magic". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Practical Magic". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Sally and Gillian are in fact very different but they do love each other. This relationship that they have is very stressful for them because they cannot stand the way that each other lives. It will be shown later on that Gillian firmly believes that Sally is wasting her life and Sally believes that Gillian is ruining hers. Despite the way that they view each other's choices they will eventually realize that they need each other.

1. Discuss some ways that Sally and Gillian could learn to accept each other for who each of them are. Use examples from Practical Magic and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Sally believes Gillian is ruining her life? Use examples from Practical Magic and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Gillian thinks Sally is wasting her life? Use examples from Practical Magic and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "Practical Magic" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Gillian. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Sally. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Kylie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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